May 10, 2014 Subject:
The Mighty Quinn
Really you could place the pre-drumz Second Set of this show in with any of the top shows from 85.
After a blow-out (freshly minted)Quinn> Samson (always welcome in a set) the intro to He's Gone is so mellow. It is almost like Crazy Fingers is on Garcia's mind as they play this super laid back He's Gone. They had a tendency to rush He's Gone in the later years not on this night. "The nothings gonna bring him back" is very soulful I am almost expecting a Spoonful but then Miracle comes ripping along.
When Bobby got going on this tune it really was something to behold. It seems like a song that has not gotten the credit it is due. A great dance tune of King Kong epic proportions. And again listen to the harmonizing when they all sing "I need a Miracle everyday" > Crazy Fingers just drops out of mid-air which seems to catch Garcia at a loss for the opening vocals. Still as the music plays the band forges ahead. Don't know why but Fingers turned into a difficult song for them to pull off over time. I wonder if they had just let Jerry play it without vocals if that would have worked . It has such a pretty melody. You have to really work thru this tune. and this is a soundboard. I can remember folks talking over this song and me getting really pissed. I would just park myself in front of a speaker and dance my butt off. The jam comes in like Arabia on this night.
Reviewer:Dylan M -
January 1, 2012 Subject:
Under the radar
Yeah this show is short, clocking in at 2 hours and 18 minutes, but its still a powerhouse performance.
Possibly better than New Years, the strange two-only NYE run in Oakland fares well, especially with this as the opening show.
No Real jammers in first set but great opening combo with Gimmie Some Lovin>Greatest Story. Esau smokes too.
Second set introduces Quinn The Eskimo to the Dead's repertoire with a polished performance. The Crazy Fingers into drums sees Jerry flubbing some vocals, but Jer and Brent make up for it with an awesome jam into drums. Intense Keys and guitar interplay.
Probably not as good as many of the incredible November 85' shows but still a worthy addition to my collection.
Solid four stars
December 30, 2011 Subject:
Overlooked Show from '85
Many of the '85 shows have been written up.
This one, I have not read much about. I do find it interesting that procedurally, the band chose to play only New Year's and this show to close out the year. Most years, there were 3 + shows linking up to the New Year's gig.
Anyway, the first set is decent, but it is really the second set that shines.
I remember getting this show from a taper and thinking "Mighty Quinn??" "COOL!!" And this one is arguably the best. Jerry sounds confident and the band is right there with him. Samson>He's Gone>Miracle>CrazyFingers..... I think all the samson's in '85 were very good to cookin'. This one was very good and led into a dirgeful "He's Gone". Wonder why Weir chose Miracle instead of Smokestack or Spoonful? (Only b/c of the more reflective styles of the later pieces over INAM).
At any rate - it seems to be Jerry's night and he gives us a lovely crazy fingers.
The post drumz does not disappoint.
The next night was also very good. But in a year of stellar performances, 12/30/85 is hard to ignore.